ORE Catapult Selects Three Companies for Their First Floating Offshore Wind F4OR Program

ORE Catapult Selects Three Companies for Their First Floating Offshore Wind F4OR Program
(L-R) Managing Director Nick Revell with Colin Ferguson, Engineering Director at Ledwood Mechanical Engineering. (Image credit: ORE Catapult)

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering, Mainstay Marine Solutions, and CELSA Steel UK have been named as the three Welsh companies selected to take part in the first Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) program in Wales.

F4OR Wales will be delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, in partnership with Floventis Energy, the developer of Llŷr 1 and 2 in the Celtic Sea, and is specifically designed to support local companies bidding for work in the floating offshore wind industry.

Davood Sabaei, F4OR project manager at ORE Catapult, said: “After a huge response to our call for Welsh companies, we are excited to announce the three excellent companies chosen for F4OR Wales that are leading the way in becoming part of a world-class supply chain. This is the first time that our F4OR program has been tailored exclusively for the floating wind market, and F4OR Wales has been designed to give businesses the skills and expertise to deliver success in this rapidly growing sector.”

Cardiff-based CELSA is Europe’s leading producer of circular and low-emission steel, and it recycles ferrous scrap to produce steel in electric arc furnaces, using energy-efficient technology. F4OR will give CELSA the opportunity to develop expertise in the renewable energy sector and is now preparing to supply materials, fabrication, and installation services as part of the floating offshore wind supply chain.

Mainstay Marine Solutions is based in Pembroke Dock and has a long legacy of boat building, engineering, and marine services. Their facilities include workshops, new build halls, a wet basin, five slipways, and a 160 t hoist, and their 65-strong team includes naval architects, engineers, welders, fabricators, fitters and painters.

Also based in Pembroke Dock, Ledwood Mechanical Engineering employs 250 and provides mechanical and fabrication services to the energy and petrochemical sectors. Having been granted Fit for Nuclear status by the Nuclear AMRC, Ledwood is currently working on the UK’s nuclear new build program including equipment installation, delivery of stainless steelwork ducting and the erection of carbon steelwork.

Plans for future F4OR Wales cohorts are already in the pipeline and further details will be announced in the coming months.

F4OR is a 12–18 month program, designed alongside industry experts, and it has experienced widespread success across the UK since it started in 2019. To date, five F4OR regional programs have been delivered in the Northeast of Scotland, North East of England, East Anglia and Suffolk, alongside national programs run across Scotland and UK-wide. Over 110 companies have been supported, with participants experiencing an average 28% increase in turnover and many securing a wide range of new contracts.



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